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The Concept for Today's Automatic Wheel Lock
The concept for today’s Safer Automatic Wheelchair Wheel Lock fall prevention system was first developed by Dr. Grady Dugas. A 1953 graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine and a nursing home Medical Director for over 30 years, Dr. Dugas witnessed firsthand the problem of wheelchair-related falls. He made it his mission to help reduce falls and injuries and further improve the quality of the residents’ lives.
Dr. Dugas began experimenting with different wheelchair locking and fall prevention systems and he was awarded his first patent in 1993. Later, Dr. Dugas joined forces with Bill Hoge, President of United Plastic Molders in Jackson, Mississippi. With the help of Bill Hoge and the skilled craftsmen of UPM, they developed a lighter and more maintenance free wheelchair wheel lock design that utilized advanced DuPont polymers. The new design was patented in 1999 and Safer Automatic Wheelchair Wheel Locks was formed.
Today, the team of dedicated professionals at UPM and Safer Automatic Wheelchair Wheel Locks continues to fulfill Dr. Dugas’ mission to "help prevent wheelchair-related falls and improve the quality of life for all people who use a wheelchair".
Our mission at Safer Automatic Wheelchair Wheels Locks, or Safer Locks, is to help reduce wheelchair-related falls and injuries; and in the process, help improve the quality of life for thousands of people who depend on wheelchairs for mobility every day.
The team at Safer Locks and United Plastic Molders takes great pride in helping to prevent falls and in the quality of their work and craftsmanship. The staff at Safer Locks and UPM average over 20 years of dedication and experience in their field.
We know that preventing falls and protecting the safety of your residents is a top priority. Despite this, every year thousands of individuals suffer falls and subsequent injuries while attempting to get in or out of a wheelchair that is not properly secured. Restraints are not an option and caregivers cannot be in all places at all times. That is where we can help prevent falls.
Safer Locks is committed to preventing falls while protecting and enhancing the safety of any person using a wheelchair. Our patented wheelchair wheel locking system can be an integral part of the fall prevention solution by keeping your resident "safer". Combined with a program of overall fitness and rehabilitation, advancements in technology such as Safer Locks can help by keeping a wheelchair from rolling away when the user tries to get up from or sit in a wheelchair with the manual locks disengaged.
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